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Cougar News

November 2010

Principal’s Corner As the month of November flies by we are well into a terrific activity-packed year here at Centennnial. I continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of all of our students and by the variety of activities and opportunities that are available to Centennial students. This newsletter highlights a number of events and activities that have already taken place and that are continuing throughout the year. Students should listen to the morning announcements to be informed about the numerous opportunities, check the bulletin boards, and look at our school website www.wellandcentennial.com where many announcements are posted daily. Although extracurricular activities and programs form a huge and important part of school life, our primary focus remains supporting all of our students with their educational program. We are proud of our students for the successes they have Principal‘s Corner ....................... 1 achieved with support from our staff. We thank our staff and all the parents, Student Achievement & Goals ... 2 friends, and peer tutors that have also contributed to the success of our students. M & M Centennial Fundraiser ..... 3 At this time in mid-semester 88% of credits in all classes are on track to be comStudent of the Month ................. 4-5 pleted and 64% of student marks are ―A‖s or ―B‖s (70% or better). As a school we Homework Club .......................... 5 have set some goals for supporting student achievement this year. These goals along with some highlights of past student achievement are profiled in the next Arts Department ......................... 6-9 page of this newsletter. As a staff and school community we are committed to all Business Department ................. 10 of our students and are working to ensure they all attain success with their Cougar Clothes .......................... 11 education. Our goal for all students is to see them graduate from Centennial with English Department .................... 12 a secondary school diploma and make a successful transition to an Mathematics Department ........... 13 apprenticeship, College or University, or to the workplace. Moderns Department.................. 14-17

Inside this issue:

Co-Curricular PE ........................ 18-21 Science Department ................... 22 Social Sciences Department ...... 23 Technology Department ............. 24-26 Library, Manga Club ................... 26 Student Services ........................ 27-33 M&M Centennial Fundraiser....... 34-35 Message from VP ....................... 36 Bullying Awareness .................... 37

Mid-semester report cards provide an opportunity for parents and students to discuss academic progress to date and to set goals for the rest of the semester. Our In-School Student Success Team and our Data/Planning Team will be reviewing all student marks at mid-semester. They and the rest of our staff are making plans to support students who are struggling, to encourage students who are becoming successful, and to celebrate the success of students who are excelling with their studies. Finally, at this time of year it is mindful to be thankful for many things. We are thankful for the food on our table and our families at Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the sacrifices of soldiers, peacekeepers and veterans on Remembrance Day. As we approach the holiday season let us remember to support everyone in our community, particularly those who are experiencing financial and personal hardship. Our students and staff support the United Way Campaign, Salvation Army Food Drive, Hope Centre, Operation Christmas Child and the Canadian Cancer Society, and we will continue our efforts throughout the year in support of the community. Paula MacKinnon Principal

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Welland Centennial Student Achievement in 2009-10 On the 2010 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, 83% of participating first-time eligible students in grade 10 were successful. Of the students that wrote in the academic program, 97% were successful and of the students that wrote in the applied program, 62% were successful. On the 2009-10 EQAO Assessment of Grade 9 Mathematics, 76% of academic level students and 30% of applied level students met the provincial standard (level 3 or 4). In the 2009-10 school program 5519 credits were completed out of 5796 credits attempted in regular program and co-operative education. The overall credit completion rate for 2009-10 was 95.2%.

Mark distributions for the 2009-10 school year have been examined. For 2009-10 63% of the final marks received by students in their courses were ―A‖s or ―B‖s (greater than or equal to 70%).

In 2009-10 at Centennial: 85% of grade 9 students completed 8 credits by the end of grade 9 72% of grade 10 students completed 16 credits by the end of grade 10 78% of grade 10 students completed 15 or more credits by the end of grade 10 51% of grade 11 students completed 24 credits by the end of grade 11 74% of grade 11 students completed 23 or more credits by the end of grade 11

Welland Centennial School Goals for 2010-11 It is the goal of Welland Centennial Secondary School to achieve a 85% success rate for fully participating first-time eligible writers of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in March 2011. It is the goal of Welland Centennial Secondary School to have 80% of academic students and 40% of applied students achieve the provincial standard (level 3 or 4) on the 2010-11 EQAO Assessment of Grade 9 Mathematics. It is the goal of Welland Centennial Secondary School to have 66% of student final marks in courses achieving at the ―A‖ or ―B‖ level (greater than or equal to 70%). This is equivalent to having two thirds of students achieving at the provincial standard. It is the goal of Welland Centennial Secondary School to continue to celebrate the effectiveness of the programs and activities that contribute to school culture.

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Each month, one student from each grade is selected as Student of the Month. The criteria that staff consider in making the selections are: Ö a commitment to a strong work ethic, initiative and responsibility in activities at Welland Centennial Ö a positive attitude and being supportive of others Ö leadership by personal example

October 2010 Grade 9

Grade 10

Jayden Lockey

Palmer Carpenter

Grade 11

Grade 12

Alyssa Gilby

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Student of the Month

Welland Centennial Secondary School would like to thank Mr. John Clark & M.T. Bellies for their generous contribution of gift certificates to our Students of the Month!

A little worried about classes this year?

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Keep caught up with your work, finish assignments, study for tests, organize your binder, and get tips for improving your study skills. Study on your own, or ask for help from teachers or peer tutors. Everyone welcome! See Ms. Wiseman for more details.

7:00 am: Tuesday & Thursday (Library) LUNCH: Monday & Wednesday (Room 203) 2:30 pm: Tuesday & Thursday (Library)

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Arts Department Drama Club gets busy on this year‘s production! This year the Drama Club will again present a major theatrical production open to all students. The success of last year‘s production of Les Misérables was phenomenal, with record audiences each night. We will continue the pattern of producing a play during alternate years and this year‘s play will be The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. In this fast-paced, sophisticated romantic comedy Wilde pokes fun at Victorian society and satirizes the upper class. Oscar Wilde‘s cleverness and humorous treatment of the theme have made this play an audience favourite for generations. All students are invited to become involved in this year‘s production. Auditions took place in early November and rehearsals have already begun. The performances will take place on Feb. 24 and 25. This production will also be entered in the Sears Drama Festival in early March. Senior Drama Showcase: On January 13th the Grade 12 Drama Class is planning on presenting an evening of one-act plays to showcase the remarkable talent in this class. Sears Drama Festival at Centennial: The Sears Drama Festival is an annual event showcasing the drama talent from the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic School Board. This year the Sears Drama Festival will take place in our auditorium, so our community will have the opportunity to see four evenings of theatre presented by District of Niagara high schools. We look forward to seeing you in the audience. Drama Workshop for Senior Students: This fall the senior drama class took part in a workshop with reknowned Commedia dell‘arte expert David Langlois. Students received an intensive two-day training session in this pivotal theatre style and they gained invaluable experience working with Mr. Langlois. Logo Contest: As in other years, we will be holding a logo contest for our production of The Importance of Being Earnest. All students are encouraged to enter the contest and design a logo which will be featured on all promotional material for the show (posters, programs, tickets, t-shirts, etc.) This is a fantastic way to showcase artistic talent and would make a great addition to an artistic portfolio. Details for the contest will be made public shortly. Welland Centennial Secondary School

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Arts Department—Cont‘d The Centennial Arts Department headed out on the road for their annual Arts Road Show visiting six elementary schools. Princess Elizabeth, Glendale, MacKay, Gordon, Ross, and Glynn A. Green were on the itinerary this fall. The Cats Band, Vocal Ensemble, Theatre Arts Drama Team, and a Visual Arts multimedia presentation all went on two buses. Like a seasoned on-the-road band the entire team of over 50 students worked smoothly to pack up equipment, load it, unload it, set it all up, perform, and do it all again, three times in one day! The show began with a rousing Cats Band Medley of familiar tunes arranged by Mr. DiMartile, followed by an equally compelling multimedia video presentation that had entire student bodies clapping and cheering. A senior drama cast of four, Alexa Muir, Scott Mannell, Reilly Mcllhone, and Faith Bunyan performed a hilarious scene depicting the perils of class room group work. Mr. Braun and the vocal ensemble rounded off the show by turning young audiences into a choir that together with the surround sound affect of the vocal ensemble learned and performed several melodies drawing our attention to Remembrance Day. After the sixth show the mutual feeling amongst staff and students was wondering what it would be like if we could do this a couple of times every week. The Arts staff would like to recognize the support of our administration for picking up the tab for busing and our colleagues at Centennial who graciously covered our classes while we were on the road. Ms. Neufeld

Mr. DiMartile

Mrs. Thibault

Mr. Braun

Up and Coming Events: Magazine Subscription Fund Raiser - thank you for your support in this 2nd annual venture. Christmas Concert - Wednesday, December 8th @ 7:00pm Oranges and Grapefruit Citrus Sale - last two weeks in November. New York City - April 7 - 10, 2011

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Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture This year Welland Centennial has begun to offer a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in the Arts. We already offer SHSM in Construction and Hospitality, and this year we add the arts. What does it mean to be enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major and what are the benefits to our students? The SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and assists in their transition from high school to further training, college, university, or the workplace. An SHSM in Arts enables students to gain arts-related skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them to focus on graduation and on pursuing their postsecondary goals. This program helps students start planning for careers in the Arts in a variety of areas. According to Statistics Canada, Arts and Culture are essential elements in the new global economy – not only for their entertainment value but also for the skills they develop in individuals. An arts education, for example, challenges people to think critically and to solve problems creatively – skills that are now in high demand. During the 1990s, the cultural sector labour force grew by 31 per cent, compared to 20 per cent for Canada‘s labour force as a whole. College and/or University Announcer and Other Broadcasters

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Students refine their skills and improve their work habits, gain confidence in their ability to succeed, and see the connections between their studies, the world beyond high school and their future careers; Students experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities; The focused learning experiences give students the opportunity to explore, identify, and refine career goals and make informed decisions related to postsecondary education; Upon completion of an SHSM and graduation from secondary school, students will receive a red seal on their diploma, embossed with the words ―Specialist High Skills Major.‖ In addition, students will receive an ―SHSM Record,‖ which outlines their achievements and certifications; This program is available to students in Grade 11 and 12 and those students who are currently in Grade 10 should start planning for Grade 11 now, and consider whether this program is for you. Welland Centennial Secondary School

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Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture—Cont‘d

Visual Arts The latest additions to our Visual Arts Program include the introduction to grade 11 Media Arts Course and the acquisition of 5 iMacs for our technology upgrades in the classroom. The Media Arts course is designed to provide the exploration of digital mediums, including photography, digital video production, mixed media and web/computer art. Students will complete the course with a personal DVD portfolio and website.

Media Club Students of all backgrounds gather in Room 148 for Media Arts Club every Thursday from 2:30-4pm. Students are not required to have any artistic experience. We cover a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, web design, video/image production and photography. Current productions include promotional videos shown at the Arts Road Show for both Visual Arts and Media Arts Club. New students are always welcome.

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Business Department Yearbook Class Our first ever yearbook class has officially begun. Students who‘ve taken Grade 9 or Grade 11 computer classes are eligible to enrol, which means that the class is made up of students from grades 10 – 12, all using their skills to create their very own version of this year‘s yearbook. Students are also creating a digital version of the yearbook, using website building tools. We‘ll be using a composite of the best work to deliver this year‘s paper and digital yearbooks. Students are using Photoshop, Publisher, PowerPoint, the Web, SharePoint and other online tools to build great content. If this sounds like a course you would like to take part in next year, be sure to sign up for BTX4C1.

Are your children prepared for e-learning? The popularity of e-learning is growing internationally, unfortunately the student results are not the greatest. Vicky Phillips, founder of Geteducated.com, a consulting agency for distance educators, estimates the online student dropout rate at around 35%. The average attrition rate for college freshman at U.S. universities is around 20%. Failure rates are also much higher and educators are scrambling to find answers. Here in the Business Department at Centennial, students can experience e‑learning first hand, but in a traditional classroom setting. The instruction, lessons and testing is done in the e-learning fashion but the teacher and students are in class. The idea is to familiarize our students with the technology and work skills they will require in order to be successful in future e-learning courses. Courses currently using this format are Grade nine business, BTT1O and BTA3O which students can take in grades 10 12.

The Business Certificate is given upon graduation to students who‘ve obtained 5 business credits or 4 business credits and CO -OP. Naturally, employers of young adults prefer to hire employees with a business background to work for their business!

Jet Boat Trip Business students were once again treated to a great day in September, with a visit to Niagara Jet Boats, where they met with the Owner, John who gave an impassioned speech on the importance of post-secondary education, professionalism, literacy and entrepreneurship. Oh yeah, then we went on a little boat ride…

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Business Department—Cont‘d A Computer for Every Student? Well, not yet, unless you‘re enrolled in a business course. Whether you‘re an existing student or thinking about coming or transferring to Centennial, we are quite confident that the lessons you‘ll learn here will serve you now and for the rest of your life. Regardless of what you do for a living, chances are you‘ll be working in a business type environment. In this technology driven society, you will need to communicate and learn electronically. You should consider acquiring a business certificate by earning 5 business credits and letting your future employers know that you are ready for business!

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English Department

The English Department welcomes Mrs. Code back from maternity leave and Mr. John Anderson who is new to Cougar Country. The Grade 9 and 10 Applied English courses have been updated with the new Nelson series textbooks this semester. These textbooks incorporate technology and contemporary topics to focus on developing student‘s literacy skills . On Friday December 10, 2010, English students will travel to Toronto to attend the Classical Theatre Project‘s performance of Hamlet. Tickets include a Workshop and the performance. The leaves at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 7:00 p.m., depending on traffic. Mr. Gale and Mrs. Lomas-Gale attended the ―Tools and Toys‖ conference in Toronto on Thursday October 28 and Friday October 29, 2010. They have brought back new ideas to the staff for incorporating technology in the classroom. Our CAPPIES (Critics Award Programme) crew is up and running. After attending training at Woodend Conservation area, the group is ready to start reviewing local high school plays. The team includes Shira Blake (lead critic), Nyle Collins, Heidi Whitnall, Olivia Taylor, Sara Allison, and Danielle Banninga. Watch local newspapers for their Reviews. The Senior Reach team practises Wednesday at lunch in Room 133 with Mrs. Lomas-Gale, while Mr. John Anderson is coaching the Intermediate Reach team on Fridays at lunch in Room 134. The Written Word Festival was held on Tuesday November 9, 2010 at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A variety of writers, including a poet, a journalist/film critic, novelists, screenwriter, cartoonist and song lyricist discussed their craft and careers in writing. Shira Blake, Danielle Banninga, Monique Davis, Amruddin Mohammadi, Sam Hamp and Paige Eedens had the opportunity to attend this inspiring conference.

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Mathematics Department The math department currently has several opportunities for students to get help with their math work. Along with Homework Club, afterschool Math help sessions run on Monday and Wednesday's after school for grade 9 and 10 students. There is also on line math help available for grades 7 to 10 students from Sunday to Thursday 5:30 9:30 pm. Please see the information to the right. Please contact the school and or the math department if you have any questions concerning these programs.

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Moderns Department Paris Crêpes Bistro in Niagara Falls On Tuesday, October 26th, some of our grade 9 Core French students had the opportunity to visit ‗Paris Crêpes Bistro‘ in Niagara Falls along with some Eastdale students. This was an event to promote French language and culture. Our students watched as the Executive Chef and Master Crêpier created delicious fresh crêpes ‘au chocolat’ & ‘à la confiture’. Katelyn Breau was the lucky student who was selected to create her very own crêpe. Following our meal, we hopped on a Double Deck Tour Bus, and with our own personal tour guide toured the great historical sites of the Niagara Parkway! What a great day!

A True Taste of Culture! Twenty grade 10 Core French students embarked on a true cultural experience at the Paris Tokyo Bistro in Welland. Students had the opportunity to sample sushi, maki, french style pizza and desert crêpes! Not only did they learn how to make the food they indulged, they were taught proper etiquette of the culture. What a great experience and a true taste of culture. Being able to link what is taught in the classroom with experience, left students knowledgeable and most importantly their stomachs satisfied! Quel beau voyage!

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Moderns Department-Cont‘d Oh Canada Eh?

On October 1st, senior French students from Mme Brennand‘s class as well as M. Marais‘ class went to Oh Canada Eh! in Niagara Falls. The bilingual musical celebration of Canadian culture featured cast members from various parts of Ontario and Quebec. The students were treated to a large three course family style ―Canadian‖ meal while being entertained by the cast. There was a lot of clapping and laughter as the cast members worked their way through the crowds, involving our students. It was a great experience, ―eh‖!

Canadian Education Exchange Foundation Program Experience the global classroom by participating in an international exhange! Have you considered hosting a student from another country and then returning to that country for three months of study? An international exchange allows students to live in another country, attend school there, experience a new culture and improve your language skills. Students have the opportunity to travel to France, Luxembourg, Belgium (2 month exchange only) and Spain. Information is also available for a one month summer exchange to France or Switzerland. See Mme Brennand in Guidance or any language teacher asap as preliminary applications are due shortly. Information is also available at www.ceef.ca

Perspective 2011 Fifteen grade 9 -12 students will embark on an experience of a lifetime at St. Donat, Québec February 9-13th 2011. They will experience 5 days immersed in the French culture skiing, snowboarding, singing and dancing. The trip provides all levels of skiers and snowboarders the chance to learn or master the sport. We wish them a fun and memorable experience. Bon Voyage! Welland Centennial Secondary School

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Moderns Department-Cont‘d

Extended French History Class ~ Guest In November, Jeffrey Kimber, a former Centennial student who now works in military intelligence in Ottawa was a guest in Mme Kimber‘s History class. Students learned how military practices changed over the century. Students also ate hard tack and bully beef and dressed in military attire from WW 1, WW II and present day.

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Moderns Department-Cont‘d War Plane Museum Students from all grade 10 History Classes will travel to Hamilton to the War Plane Museum. They will see planes from WW 1, WW II and from the Cold War and they will learn about many aspects life during the war!

Trip to Italy and Greece Students will be travelling to Italy and Greece in March of 2011 with Mme Kimber. This ten day trip will provide students with an amazing cultural experience and they will visit historical sites they only read about in school. There is still room for interested traveller if you sign up before the end of November. If you are interested, please see Mme Kimber ASAP.

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Co-Curricular Phys. Ed. 2010-11 Senior Boys‘ Football Team

The 2010 Centennial Cougar Football season has been exciting. This year saw the introduction of Junior Football with players from grades 9 and 10 playing in a junior transitional league. The Junior Cougars went undefeated with key victories over Gov. Simcoe, Stamford, Eastdale and Fort Erie. The team consisted of 3035 players and focussed on skill development and fundamentals. The future looks very bright as many of these young players have the confidence and skills to make the move up to Senior next year. The Senior Cougars played a fiercely competitive schedule and finished tied for third and look strong heading into the playoffs. The senior team was comprised of 40-45 grade 11 and 12 players, with everyone who came out making the team. The Senior Cougars are quickly becoming a perennial powerhouse in the highly competitive AA division. With nearly 80 players playing in two programs this year, Cougar Football is definitely on the rise. Congratulations and thank-you to all the players, fans and staff for their outstanding support and an exciting season.

Swim Team This year‘s swim team is training twice a week for their upcoming competitions. They will be travelling to Brock on November 18th for their first meet. Good luck! Practices are held Tuesday mornings and Wednesdays after school. If you are interested in swimming, whether it‘s to compete, improve your skills, or just to have fun, see Ms. Wiseman for more information. New swimmers are welcome. Welland Centennial Secondary School

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Co-Curricular Phys. Ed.—Cont‘d Cross Country Team Congratulations to Centennial‘s Cross Country Team! Our proud and strong runners have had a very exciting, successful season this year. These dedicated athletes have competed in a number of meets, putting their best efforts forward. They have been working hard training a minimum of four times a week to achieve their personal bests. Congratulations to all runners for all your success and hard work this season. Congratulations to the SOSSA qualifiers: Kathleen Sherwin, Shelbi Courtney, Darian Chaffart, Noah Thompson, Craig Maltais, Adrian Cortes, Scott Brochu, Scott Mannell, Mackenzie McClymount, Farzad Hemmati, and Erroll Bokma. A special congratulation goes out to our midget girls team, Shannon Halday, Beth Thorne, Zoe Abbott-Tate and Jayden Lockey. Throughout the season they have earned the titles Zone 3 Champions, SOSSA Champions, and finished the season placing 7th overall at OFSSA. This is an astonishing accomplishment. These girls have proven to be remarkable runners, congratulations again on all your success. We hope to see you back next year for another amazing season! On behalf of the Cross Country athletes; we would like to send out a huge thank you to Mrs. Oakes. Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into coaching us. It was only due to your patience, guidance and support that lead our team to a successful, enjoyable season.

Cheerleading The Centennial Cheerleading team is off to a promising year. Last year the team was undefeated until they came 2nd at the Nationals. With many new girls and new ideas, the team expects to do even better this year. The Coaches are trying to increase the difficulty level in their routine that they will compete with at competition, by adding difficult stunts and wowing the crowd. Tribune Tournament is coming up for the team, they will be cheerleading at the basketball games, while being judged on cheers and stunts. Centennial Cheerleading has normally done very well in this tournament, the majority of the time winning ―Overall Team‖. The girls will have their competition in February, followed by provincials in March and Nationals will be held in May at the new complex in Niagara Falls. The girls are working very hard this year in hopes of being National Champions in their division.

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Co-Curricular Phys. Ed.—Cont‘d Junior Boys‘ Volleyball Congratulations on a well fought season by the Junior Boys‘ Volleyball team. Although they had a tough loss and did not make it into the playoffs, they did a superb job and never lost focus on achieving their goals. With Nick Braun, a returning Gr. 10 player as their captain, the team had constant encouragement and guidance, followed by unbelievable playing. Their other two Gr. 10 returning players, Ethan Clark, Jesse Hildebrand also did an outstanding job offering support and showing off their skill. Good luck next year in senior boys! There are many new faces this year for Mr. Snopek and Mr. Sarvis to coach. These players include Jordan Willbanks, Will Sagloski, Evan Roberts, Dalton Brady, Ryan Waskawich, Alexander Lathem, Josh Bois, Issac Broughton and James Vander Veen. You all make a great contribution to the team, working hard on perfecting your skills, and never giving up. Have fun next year.

Jr. Girls‘ Basketball The unstoppable Jr. Girls finished with an undefeated regular season for the first time since many can remember. Taking on tough rivals such as Lakeshore and Notre Dame, the girls dominated, most recently beating Lakeshore by over 20 points and beating Notre Dame with a final score of 43-13. Their final game of the regular season was a nail biter, but the girls pulled of a 4 point win to claim an undefeated season and gain home court advantage all through the playoffs. This hardworking team consists of co-captain point guards Elizabeth Holmes and Bridget Atkinson, speedy and tough shooting guards Beth Thorne, Hilary Sodtka, Jayden Lockey, Sydney McDowell, Kelsey Gatta, Amanda Borowski and fierce posts Robyn Johnson, Lauren Ludlow and Zoe Abbott-Tate. The girls will start their playoffs on Friday, November 12th against Stamford Collegiate. The girls would like to thank their awesome coach, Ms. Spiers for a fun and successful season.

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Co-Curricular Phys. Ed.—Cont‘d Sr. Girls Basketball We would like to congratulate the Sr. Girls‘ Basketball team on a hard fought season. We won 3 well earned games and practiced hard. Good luck to the graduating players and we hope to see a lot of new girls out next season.

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Science Department More Environmentally Friendly By Maryanne Firth, Welland Tribune Staff Centennial Secondary School is looking a little greener each day. Students were outdoors Wednesday (November 3rd) helping to plant more than 20 young trees as part of an ongoing greening project to make the school a little more environmentally friendly. With the help of Jane Hanlon at Climate Action Niagara, Mike Rose at Land Care Niagara, Re-Leaf Niagara, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Community Living Welland-Pelham and the Niagara Region, students were able to create their own nursery for trees that will eventually be dispersed around the property, said teacher David Lavictoire. Students from the environmental science class and the school‘s environmental club worked to plant the trees Wednesday in a corner of the school where they‘ll be sheltered from the wind as they grow strong, he said. Greening projects are great hands-on experience for students looking to develop a career in environmental sciences, Lavictoire said. They also help to improve the esthetics around the school property and add needed greenery in the community. Cities are a challenging environment for trees, he said, with 35% of canopy cover considered a reasonable amount. Niagara on average has less than half that amount, he added, a number that needs to be improved. Once the trees are fully grown, they will provide shade to students and to the school, helping to reduce both heating and cooling costs, Lavictoire said.

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Social Sciences Department Grade 9 Geography students had the opportunity to travel to Short Hills Provincial Park for a Geographic Positioning System exercise. A full day was spent experiencing Niagara Falls up close and personal with Journey Behind the Falls and Maid of the Mist.

Civics students followed the recent municipal elections as a practical application of the curriculum. History students are looking at our connections to the past especially through Remembrance Day. Grade 10 students will be going to the Canadian War Plane Museum on December 1st with seniors accompanying Senior Geography and Family Studies students to Toronto to tour unique neighbourhoods and the ―Warrior Emperor and Terracotta Warrior‖ exhibit and the Royal Ontario Museum on December 2nd. It could be the first train ride for some students. Senior Geography students spent a rainy day at the appropriately named Niagara Children‘s Water Festival assisting with the education of elementary students on water-related issues. You may notice the blue t-shirts on occasion at school.

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Technology Department Small building big feat for teens The grade 12 Specialist High Skills Major construction students are pictured here framing a building for the accounting firm of Durward Jones and Barkwell at the Safety Village located near Niagara College. The students will also be completing the exterior including roof shingles, soffit, facia, siding and brick under the direction of Mr. Krasnay with community partners Serianni Construction and Gabmar Homes.

Welland Centennial Secondary School students constructed a building at Niagara Region Children‘s Safety Villlage, sponsored by Durward Jones Barkwell & Co. LLP. Pictured from front left are DJB manager Jeff Neill and accountant Colin Cook, safety village executive director Shirley Cordiner, Centennial students Colin Laro, Raymond Rodrigue, Adam Carrey, Alex Starky, Matt Lariviere, Gavin Anger and Daniel Billard. Pictured in back from left are students Adam Park, Paul Fortin, Ryan Albanese, co-op co-ordinator Dave Colonico and teacher Kevin Krasnay.

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Small building big feat for teens

MARYANNE FIRTH Tribune Staff WELLAND — It takes a village to raise a child, and that village is now a little bigger thanks to local high school students. Welland Centennial Secondary School‘s specialist high skills major construction program teens have been keeping busy at Niagara Region Children‘s Safety Village, working to construct a building sponsored by Durward Jones Barkwell & Co. LLP. The building, a small-scale version of the accounting company‘s Division St. office, was completed on Tuesday. Construction teacher Kevin Krasnay said students used pictures of the DJB office to preconstruct a majority of the miniature building at their school shop. The pre-constructed pieces were then brought to the village, assembled and finishing work on the building was completed. Both the village and the construction program are very ―hands-on,‖ making the partnership between the two ideal, said Shirley Cordiner, safety village executive director. This is the second building Centennial‘s construction students have built for the village, having previously created a structure on behalf of Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce. Through the project, students are able to gain priceless hands-on experience in a field they hope to pursue as a career, said co-op co-ordinator Dave Colonico. It also allows youth to create a building they can proudly take credit for each time they drive by or visit the village, he added. While the students worked hard to put the structure together, the project wouldn‘t have been possible without the assistance of Gabmar Homes, Katina Construction and Serianni Construction, Colonico said. DJB manager Jeff Neill said he was impressed by the students‘ work, and how accurately DJB‘s Division St. office building was replicated. ―It‘s neat to see the mini version,‖ he said of the four-by-four metre structure. Neill said it‘s a mandate of the company to get involved in the community, and the project at the village seemed like a ―great fit.‖ DJB is a big supporter of the safety village, Cordiner said, adding staff greatly appreciate the assistance. Other local businesses have already shown interest in having a structure created in their name, Cordiner said. The village is looking for a business willing to sponsor its existing garage, which houses children‘s bikes and batteryoperated jeeps. mfirth@wellandtribune.ca

Hospitality Program It‘s been a very busy time for the Hospitality Program. The students have prepared lunches for 30,000 students so far this year as well as for catering jobs. For the sixth year running, the Program has met the requirements of the Eat Smart campaign by providing the required healthy choices menu, using carefully selected ingredients. As you know, today‘s youth face many illnesses a result of poor diet. This education starts at home. This year the school has enrolled 22 students in the Secondary High Skills Major program in Hospitality. These students will receive extra training and experiences to speed their progress in this career. All students have passed their CPR/First Aid training, and their Food Handlers Certifications already. The hospitality Program has assisted with a number of fund raising activities such as providing dinner for the performers hired by The Welland Port Colborne Concert Association. Also students make food items for Empire School‘s breakfast program. Students have catered parents‘ nights, staff meetings, concerts and take out functions. Congratulations to all who provided good food and service!

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Technology Department—Cont‘d Communication Technology News: Students Caleb McCraken, Bethany Heaton and Emily VanderVeen have produced and edited an excellent video for Centennial‘s submission in the Best Buy-Best In Class video challenge. The students used a creative and innovative approach to their video showing a compilation of ideas and equipment that the school can benefit from. Look for it on our WEB site. Good Luck!

Library—Manga Club Manga is a unique style of Japanese comic. The club meets to discuss favourites and challenges each other with quizzes. The Manga Club meets every Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 in the Library.

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Student Services Department Guidance … sharing in your ―Journey‖! Your Centennial ―Cougar‖ Counsellors: Mrs. S. Purdie, Mr. D. Speck and Mrs. V. Brennand as well as our Guidance Secretary, Mrs. K. Thompson.

Parents and Students! Our Guidance WEBSITE has been designed to help you and your family, from Gr. 9 to Grad (and beyond).

Use ―your‖ site: www.wellandcentennial.com … click Guidance Twelve More ―Cougars‖ Awarded Scholarships! What a great way to start school this past September! The Queen Elizabeth 2nd Aiming for the Top Scholarships, are awarded by the Ontario Government, to graduating students with top marks in High School, who applied to OSAP, and proceeded to an Ontario College or University. These scholarships are renewable, for each of the next four years, to a maximum of $3,500 with a maintained average of 80%. Way to go, Cougars!

What‘s Newsworthy: Parents You, as parents of Grade 12‘s, 11‘s or even 10‘s, were invited to attend an informative, encouraging and useful presentation designed with you and your concerns in mind.

Post Secondary Destinations and Processes for Grads: What do you need to know? Presenters: Guidance, Brock University Rep., Niagara College Rep. Target Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:00 pm (www.wellandcentennial.com Click on Guidance then on upcoming events) Room: 103 Audience: All parents of graduating students were welcome! Content: Selecting Programs; Where does it lead? Timelines; Admission Requirements/Processes for Apprenticeships, Colleges, Universities; Supplementals (Portfolios); Costs/Financing; Career/Skilled Trade Placement Rate; Qualifications (Certificates; Diplomas; Applied Degrees; Degrees); Transfers/Articulations.

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Student Services Department—Cont‘d Job Gym: Job Gym comes to Centennial every month, throughout the year! Seeking part-time employment now or future employment strategies. Our rep. will be glad to assist you. She will be available to conduct group workshops and personal interviews to equip students for their next steps and to assist with connections. Job Gym visitations will be posted on the Guidance WEBSITE … Sign up in Guidance. Skills Work! What‘s Out There! In November 2010, in Room 103 Guidance will present career options available to Gr.10/11 students interested in the Skilled Trades or Apprenticeship pathways. D‘Youville (University) – Buffalo – Consider D‘Youville for direct entry Professional programs careers in health, education and many more! Students with good grades and with a score of 1100 on two of three parts of their SAT‘s will be entitled to half of the USA tuition costs. It‘s a viable option! Take Our Kids to Work – Wed. Nov. 3 /10 Thank you to all the local employers, parents, and Gr. 9 students who worked to make this program a success. Thanks to Mr. Speck for endless hours of final details. ROTARY Exchange Program – One year foreign exchanges for suitable young ―ambassadors‖ sponsored by the Rotarians of the Pelham/Welland region. Preliminary applications are soon evaluated and parent info sessions will follow. Good luck to our Cougar candidates!!!! See Mrs. Brennand if interested. What‘s Ahead!!! 1. Guidance Website: Access our recent Guidance presentations booklets: Trades & Apprenticeships -- Apprenticeships for Centennial Grads University – ―Clues for U‖ Part 1&2 College – ―A Cougar College Guide‖ Part 1&2 2. APPLICATIONS for College and University – Don‘t Procrastinate! January is too busy for you (with exams). The sooner you begin to apply … the sooner the schools will contact you and let you know what‘s next! 3. APPLICATION WORKSHOPS – ‗LIVE‖ and Online for College and University. Need SIN/PIN (Univ.) Credit Card Number or Online banking number (or Activate payment from home to become an ACTIVE APPLICANT) 4. POST-SECONDARY (ACADEMIC) DESTINATION PLANNING FOR ALL Gr. 11s in December, identifying potential and suitable careers, career fields and required programs. Examine required prerequisites and develop a plan for the upcoming final year. 5. CAREERS IN THE ARMED FORCES (MILITIA) – See a Corporal at the Lake Street Armouries in St. Catharines on Thursday nights.

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Student Services Department—Cont‘d 6. Specialist High Skills Majors – Workshops (TBA) to earn specialized certificates required by the SHSM in the Hospitality, Construction or Arts Sectors. 7. Student Success continues through Alternate Programs at College: a. C2 – Connecting to College – 2nd Semester; see website for Descriptors. Potential graduates, with 26 or more credits, will attend Niagara College (earn 2 dual College/HS credits) two days per week while completing 2 Centennial credits. DUAL credits – count both toward the OSSD diploma and toward College diplomas. b. Niagara Link – Time to Move On! Looking for students with 26 or more credits who wish to complete their H.S. (O.S.S.D.) in a College environment at Niagara College (NOTL campus) – 5 days per week. c.

T.R.E.E. CLUB: Tolerance, Respect & Equality for Everyone! Centennial students who wish to participate in establishing a safe and accepting atmosphere for self or others, regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural or sexual differences, are welcome to join us. Contact Guidance or Mrs. Purdie for further information.

Reminders for Grade 12‘s: 1. ALL Grad‘s: Prepare for your next year! www.wellandcentennial.com –Guidance Folders: Grads / Apprenticeships / Employment / College / University a. University: www.ouac.on.ca/101; www.electronicinfo.ca; http://osap.gov.on.ca b. College Sites: www.ontariocolleges.ca – Use Pwpt College Applicant Tutorial to help you use site to: PLAN; FIND; APPLY or CONFIRM for COLLEGE c. Apprenticeships/Employment i. www.careercruising.com (User: centennial Pswd: cougars) ii. www.edu.gov.on.ca iii. www.apprenticesearch.com 2. Attend Application Workshops (for College or University) 3. Attend Job Gym readiness sessions for next steps. 4. Student Profile Summaries (blue) Complete and submit to Guidance. 5. Scholarships: Check out Guidance Scholarship Resources and websites now or ask for help.

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Student Services Department—Cont‘d Gr. 11‘s 1. Your Grade 11 Marks Matter!!! Why? Often used for College admission and some Universities (in addition to Gr. 12 marks.) 2. Your Grade 12 College admission prerequisites must be completed before 2nd semester of your final year. Therefore, we must help you know admission requirements and plan for your College programs. 3. In December: For all Gr.11s: Guidance administers ―The Educational Planner‖ and assists you with resources to find the answers that you need. Also, examines suited career fields, explores admission requirements (and steps) and helps to prepare for appropriate grade 12 courses. Gr. 10‘s: 1. Gr. 10 Career Pathways – to redefine potential career field destinations and establish the Academic Pathways to get there. Gr. 9‘s: 1. Gr. 9 Career Pathway (Completed in October). Lessons dedicated to helping students identify beginning career fields and outlining the paths (and courses) to help students successfully reach these introductory career targets. 2. Take Our Kids to Work (T.O.K.T.W.) – November 3, 2010 100% of our Grade 9‘s are involved in T.O.K.T.W.! A great way for our grade 9s to begin to appreciate the world of work and meet the real people out there who make our world happen! Thank you to everyone who has supported this initiative!!! Adolescent‘s Family Support Services of Niagara AKI Trucking Aqueduct Water Solutions Artistic Impressions B. Rittenhouse Medicine Professional Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Brown Packaging CAA Niagara Cabletech Cable Contractors Inc. Caldwell Banker Advantage Real Estate Canada Border Services Agency Canadian Tire Bank Canadian Tire Financial Services City of Welland – Public Works Department Claire's Delivery Cla-Val Canada Corp. CML Healthcare Colour Tech - Screen Printing Computer Builder Convergy‘s Welland Centennial Secondary School

Co-operators Insurance Co. Creative Signworks Deforest Automotive Machine Dekorte's Landscaping Dell, Lewis and Krall District School Board of Niagara Dofasco Inc. Dr. Viljoen Health Services DSBN - Welland Service Centre Element Bulk Logistics F.E. Coyne Insurance Broker Ferrell Building Supplies First Student Canada Glendale School Gordon Public School Haldimand War Memorial Hospital Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Handyman HBC (Retail) Home Outfitters Health Wise 30

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Student Services Department—Cont‘d Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery Henry Schein Canada IGPC Ethanol Inc. Job Gym Le Mirage Lifelabs Linhaven - Niagara Region Livingston Intl. Lori's Catering M. T. Bellies McMaster Hospital MDG Computers Megna Properties Meridian Credit Union Ministry of Government Services Ministry of Transportation Mutual Support Systems Niagara College Niagara Health System (Welland Site) Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre Niagara Regional Police Services Niagara Wholesale Roofing North Perth Public Library Northland Pointe (Regional Municipality of Niagara Paramed Home Health Care Paterson Lange Heating and Air Pioneer Gas Bar Port Cares Premier Concrete Countertops President's Choice Financial (PC) Prince of Wales School Rainforest Café Rapelje Lodge Revenue Canada Government of Ontario Royal Bank Sacre-Coeur School Salit Steel Senior Centre Shoppers Drug Mart Silvestri Sales Agency Simcoe Street School Smucker Foods of Canada Star Warning Systems TD Canada Trust Tech Mechanical Welland Centennial Secondary School

The City of Hamilton The DayCare Centre The Meat Factory Ltd. The Tribune Toromont Cat Trillium College United Mennonite Home United Steelworkers Universal Windows Wainfleet Box and Pallet Walker Industries Walmart Welland District Humane Society Welland Licence Services Welland Neighbourhood Project Welland Public Library Wellspring Community Church Winners Woodlands of Sunset York Regional Police Zeller‘s

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Student Services Department—Cont‘d

Take Our Kids to Work Day 2010

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Message from the Vice-Principal We frequently get asked what can parents do to help their sons and daughters do better in school. Here is some of the research: 1. Facilitate Sleep Adolescents need a minimum of 8 hours sleep a night. In fact, there is solid evidence to suggest 9 hours 23 minutes is optimal for peak performance the next day. More sleep means more REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep which allows students to consolidate previous learning and to refresh deeply which lead to mental sharpness. In order to get a decent night‘s sleep, some students need help limiting their time on the computer or watching television. Sometimes it is necessary to remove computers and televisions from the bedroom where they prove to be just too distracting. 2. Feed Them One study found 12% of students ate no breakfast. Our brains need fuel to operate. Well nourished children do better in school. Centennial has a breakfast program accessible to all students. Bagels, toast, juice, and cereal are all available every morning to any hungry student. Breakfast program runs out of Room 144 from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. 3. Water Them The brain requires hydration to function well. That sluggish feeling and headache can be caused by dehydration. A general rule of thumb is one cup of liquid per hour for optimal functioning. And nothing hydrates better than water. 4. Encourage Them to Exercise Physical activity has so many positive effects. It releases endorphins and serotonin to feel better. It calms and redirects nervous tension. It relieves muscle tension. (Along with a healthy diet, it helps to maintain a healthy weight). Finally, it results in a state of alertness that is optimal for learning. All it takes is 15 to 20 minutes a day of activity - preferably aerobic. Walking is brisk enough exercise to fit the bill. Achieving Success Together - Centennial and our parent community.

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention at Centennial Welland Centennial Secondary School strives to provide a positive school environment in all of our classrooms. To ensure this, we actively promote and support positive behaviours that reflect our character development traits. Characteristics of a positive school climate include: Students and staff feel safe, comfortable and accepted; Healthy and inclusive relationships are promoted; Students are encouraged to be leaders in their school – speak up about issues such as bullying; Parents and community members are actively engaged; Positive behaviour is reinforced through messages and program addressing discrimination based on such factors as age, race, sexual orientation, gender, faith, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic disadvantage; Improvement of learning outcomes for all students is emphasized. At Centennial, we offer programs to raise awareness and prevent bullying behaviour. For example, our teachers are trained and actively discuss bullying issues with students and colleagues. Some senior students are trained about issues of bullying and also in peer mediation techniques, so that they can become part of the prevention and part of the solution. Classroom teachers discuss the definition of bullying, and discuss the many forms of bullying and harassment that exist. Furthermore, students are constantly reminded of what to do when they experience or witness bullying or harassment in their lives. This month, Centennial will be taking part in a survey that seeks feedback from students to get an accurate representation of our school environment. During the month of November, students will be completing a ―School Climate Survey‖ online with their class. The topics of the survey include questions about Equity and Inclusive Education (e.g. how you feel being at school, how diverse groups are included, etc), and Bullying and Harassment (e.g. how safe you feel at school, have you ever been bullied at school, etc.). Parents are invited to complete the survey as well by going to http://www.edu-climate-surveys.ca/ and using the survey access code 4-JAJ-449-K. Upon completion of the survey, the principal and I will analyze the information to identify strengths and areas for growth at Centennial.

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